Sunday, 28 August 2016

DIOS

César Vallejo was an important Peruvian poet of the early 20th century (+ 1938). I have always particularly admired his collection Los Heraldos Negros. They are dark but extraordinarily heartfelt and compassionate.  Here is one in the original Spanish (not hard to translate with google translate).

Siento a Dios que camina
tan en mí, con la tarde y con el mar.
Con él nos vamos juntos. Anochece.
Con él anochecemos. Orfandad ...

Pero yo siento a Dios. Y hasta parece
que él me dicta no sé qué buen color.
Como un hospitalario, es bueno y triste;
mustia un dulce desdén de enamorado;
debe dolerle mucho el corazón.

O Dios mío, recién a tí me llego,
hoy que amo tanto en esta tarde, hoy
que en la falsa balanza de unos sueños,
mido y lloro una frágil Creación.
Y tú, cuál llorás. .. tú, enamorado
de tanto enorme seno girador. ..
Yo te consagro Dios, porque amas tanto;
porque jamás sonríes, porque siempre
debe dolerte mucho el corazón.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

THE BERNIE SANDERS PHENOMENON

    I think it's time we had a closer look at what Bernie Sanders has effectively accomplished. He has gained the support of millions of young people who are about to vote for the first time. Most of all he has led them directly into the camp of Hilary Clinton and the Democratic Party Establishment. He has added millions of votes to the presidential campaign of Hilary Clinton and thus given her a really significant boost.
     This may not be what he intended but, it is what he did. And his efforts need to be evaluated on that point.
     Well over and above the "Trump phenomenon," there is something quite disturbing about this aspect of America politics at this point.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The World Social Forum 2016 as well as the parallel World Forum on Theology and Liberation are
less than two months away and the preparations are moving along rapidly - and well.

You can find up-to-date information about both Forums by visiting their respective sites. They are easily accessed by googling WSF2016 and, for the other, ROJEP.  The detailed program of the Theology Forum is already available at the ROJEP site.

The detailed World Social Forum program should be available very shortly. (The team is laying out times and places for the workshops today!) Both are extremely dense with content and challenge.

The World Social Forum will take place in Montreal, largely at UQAM (The University of Quebec at Montreal) from August 9-14. The World Forum on Theology and Liberation will take place at the Jean-de-Brebeuf College in Montreal on August 8 and 13 with the other days being devoted to the activities of the World Social Forum and with a full program of workshops sponsored by the World Forum on Theology and Liberation.

In order to attend the World Social Forum you need to register ($20 for the week). In order to attend the World Forum on Theology and Liberation you must do the same and ALSO register at ROJEP ($25 - which includes some meals).

Three hundred participants are expected at the Forum on Theology and Liberation and 50,000 at the World Social Forum.

This year there is a special effort to move the World Social Forum from word to action. So, beyond the 1000 workshops in three days, there will also be extensive time given to the work of convergence leading to the open-air Agora (Marketplace) on Saturday where participants will be challenged to hone their action-proposals down to five major world-wide actions to form a program for follow-up to the forum.

It should also be a very festive occasion with the prominent participation of well-known speakers, artists, film-makers and musicians.

Please do come !! - and bring your ideas and hopes with you.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The Bible, Faith and the World

From an interesting book, Oser la rencontre: Foi et psychanalyse, 1911, Médiaspaul, p. 99:
"Encore trop de gens pensent que la foi est contenu dans la Bible, alors que la foi véritable nous propose plutôt de voir le monde comme un livre que la Bible nous apprend à lire, à écouter, à déchiffrer. N'est-elle pas la première et la plus lumineuse des interprétations ?"
I translate this as :
"Still far too many people think that faith is contained in the Bible, whereas real faith invites us to look at the world as a book that the Bible teaches us to read, to unravel. Is it not the first and most light-filled of interpretations"

The same thing could be said, I think, of Church teaching. It helps us interpret the world and it is the world that is the first book or Word of God. I think we have a lot of work to do to get this across and to use it ourselves.